Knicks Morning News (2018.08.01)

  • [NYDN] SEE IT: “I will not have a fire on my block,” NYPD captain says as he kicks over memorial candles in the Bronx
    (Wednesday, August 01, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    A Bronx NYPD captain who’s known by his officers as ‘Captain America” was caught on a viral video knocking over candles at a sidewalk memorial during Sunday’s Dominican Day Parade, police sources said.

    “I will not have a fire on my block,” Captain Emilio Melendez says in the one-minute clip, which…

  • [NYDN] Hometown Heroes nominee Kevin O’Donnell promotes harmony in one of the city’s most diverse communities
    (Wednesday, August 01, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    There may be more than 160 languages spoken in Queens, but there is only one phrase that Detective Kevin O’Donnell keeps close to his heart: Semper fidelis.

    The retired Marine master sergeant embodies the USMC motto — which translates to “always loyal” or “always faithful” — as he brings together…

  • [NYDN] Chrissy Teigen has ‘mom bod’ and she shouldn’t be ashamed of it, say body experts
    (Wednesday, August 01, 2018 3:00:00 AM)

    Chrissy isn’t prissy about her body.

    Months after giving birth to her second child, Chrissy Teigen is highlighting the changes to her body — and opening up about her insecurities.

    “I guess these are just not going to go away. This is my new body,” the 32-year-old model tweeted, showing stretch…

  • [NYDN] New York Mets lose 25-4: Worst defeat in the team’s history
    (Wednesday, August 01, 2018 2:13:00 AM)

    Tuesday began with the Mets hanging on dearly to all their pitchers and all their aging veterans, including Jose Reyes. It ended with Reyes on the mound and the worst defeat in franchise history.

    The Mets stood pat at the trade deadline, and then they got walked all over in Washington.

    It was fitting,…

  • [NYDN] EXCLUSIVE: Suspect in slaying of Queens nurse blames killing on ‘voices’
    (Wednesday, August 01, 2018 1:00:00 AM)

    The voices made him do it.

    Murder suspect Danueal Drayton told the Daily News on Tuesday that he remembers strangling Queens nurse Samantha Stewart in her Springfield Gardens home two weeks ago.

    He said they met for a date, visited a race track and shared an artichoke pizza.

    “I really liked her….

  • [NYDN] Readers sound off on Trump, congestion and the homeless
    (Wednesday, August 01, 2018 12:00:00 AM)

    Trump’s 2020 vision: Keep running

    North Bergen, N.J.: It’s time we recognize that Trump is not just the President, he is also a declared candidate for reelection. Every time Trump speaks, he is campaigning. Challenging Trump’s pronouncements and policies in Congress is completely inadequate. It’s…

  • [NYDN] Trump claims Americans need IDs to buy groceries
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 11:30:00 PM)

    TAMPA, Fla. — President Donald Trump wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries and accused Democrats of obstructing his agenda and his Supreme Court nominee during a raucous rally aimed at bolstering two Florida Republicans ahead of the state’s primary.


  • [NYDN] Teacher who pleaded guilty to child porn had ‘up-skirt’ photos of students
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:30:00 PM)

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia teacher who pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge had more than 100 “up-skirt” images of his students.

    The Daily Progress reports Charlottesville police presented evidence of those images of Charlottesville High School students at Richard A. Wellbeloved-Stone’s…

  • [NYDN] David Fizdale gushes about his trip to Latvia and conversations with Kristaps Porzingis
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:40:00 PM)

    It sounds like, from David Fizdale’s account, his trip to Latvia was a great success.

    Becoming the first Knicks head coach or executive to visit Kristaps Porzingis in his hometown of Liepaja, Fizdale said he got the impression his star is excited about the future and eager to move on from a chaotic…

  • [NYDN] Ackert: Mets’ recurring nightmare continues as club makes no moves of significance, opts to remain in state of inertia
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    A week before the deadline, an executive of a team that was trying to engage the Mets on a deal for Zack Wheeler told me that it was likely a pipe dream. The Mets were so vague and noncommittal about dealing the right-hander that the team felt it was more of a fishing expedition than a real negotiation.

  • [NYDN] Ackert: Yankees’ trade deadline moves all made with eyes on catching Red Sox in AL-East race
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    After an active trade deadline, having addressed most of their needs, Brian Cashman still did not like where his team was sitting. The Yankees are five games behind the division-leading Red Sox after beating the Orioles, 6-3, Tuesday night with the help of Miguel Andujar’s three-run homer and Masahiro…

  • [NYDN] Mets absolutely demolished by Nationals, 25-4, for worst defeat in franchise history
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:30:00 PM)

    Tuesday began with the Mets hanging on dearly to all their pitchers and all their aging veterans, including Jose Reyes. It ended with Reyes on the mound and the worst defeat in franchise history.

    The Mets stood pat at the trade deadline, and then they got walked all over in Washington.

    It was fitting,…

  • [NYDN] Two teens charged with killing pizza deliveryman
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:15:00 PM)

    PATERSON, N.J. — Passaic County authorities have charged two men with killing a pizza deliveryman.

    County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes says 18-year-old Andy DeJesus and 18-year-old Joel Nunez, both from Garfield, are charged with murder, robbery and other offenses in the killing of 27-year-old Elmwood…

  • [NYDN] Daily Horoscope — August 1, 2018
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 9:00:00 PM)

    Via Tarot Astrologers

    General Horoscope for August 1, 2018

    It seems as if we are on a runaway train, but an invisible hand is working the brakes. The Moon blasts into impulsive Aries at 6:54 am EDT, encouraging us to rush into the future as fast as we can. Additionally, a volatile Mars-Uranus square…

  • [NYDN] New video shows Staten Island gas station arsonist lit his feet on fire
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:40:00 PM)

    He really was light on his feet.

    A dopey arsonist who tried to torch a Staten Island gas station wound up giving himself a hot foot — lighting his own sandals ablaze, new video of the bizarre incident shows.

    The NYPD first released the fiery footage on Monday showing the man nearly caught in a…

  • [NYDN] M*A*S*H star Alan Alda reveals he’s been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:10:00 PM)

    Legendary actor Alan Alda has been battling Parkinson’s disease for more than three years, he revealed Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”

    The “M*A*S*H” star, 82, says he went to his doctor after he began to experience a very early symptom of the disease, and he’s maintained a positive mindset about…

  • [NYDN] House Speaker Paul Ryan shocked and proud to learn he’s part Jewish
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:00:00 PM)

    Oy vey!

    House Speaker Paul Ryan nearly plotzed recently when he found out that he has Jewish roots, but said he’s kvelling over the news.

    The conservative Wisconsin Republican made the discovery through the PBS show “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

    Gates’ show traced Ryan’s heritage…

  • [NYDN] One dead, six wounded in wild day of gunplay across the city
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:25:00 PM)

    Seven people were shot — one fatally — as gunfire rang out across four boroughs over the stretch of a few hours Monday, cops said.

    In the Bronx, a gunman shot a 27-year-old man in the head and chest on Andrews Ave. by W. 183rd St. in University Heights just after 8 p.m., killing him, cops said.

  • [NYDN] Former Playboy model wants additional $200G from top Trump donor
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:20:00 PM)

    LOS ANGELES — A former Playboy centerfold model who claims to have had an affair with a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump wants him to pay an additional $200,000, beyond a $1.6 million settlement, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.

    Shera Bechard filed a lawsuit under seal earlier…

  • [NYDN] ‘Sandlot’ prequel movie reportedly in the works
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 6:10:00 PM)

    Even The Beast was a puppy once.

    Just in time for its 25th anniversary, “The Sandlot” is getting a prequel movie, Deadline reported Tuesday.

    David Mickey Evans, who wrote and directed the 1993 classic, is on board to co-write the script, which is expected to track the “legend” of the vicious creature…

  • [NYDN] NYPD rookie revives baby who was suffering seizure at Jackson Heights, Queens, stationhouse
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:30:00 PM)

    A distraught mom ran into a Queens police precinct clutching her 20-month-old girl, desperately looking for an angel in blue.

    She found Osvaldo Nuñez, a 22-year-old officer who just graduated the Police Academy four weeks ago.

    With the unflappable focus of a veteran, the rookie cop saved the little…

  • [NYDN] Sister of Dutch woman killed in Queens murder-suicide learned of her death on the internet
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:00:00 PM)

    The sister of the Dutch woman killed by her husband in a triple murder-suicide learned of the family tragedy during an internet search, according to police.

    Investigators believe that James Shields, a former city school teacher, gunned down Lisa Olthof, their 6-year-old son, James Jr. and his current…

  • [NYDN] Iowa teen hospitalized with fractured skull after attempting viral Kiki Challenge
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:50:00 PM)

    An 18-year-old girl from Iowa wound up in intensive care after she tried and failed a viral dance move.

    Anna Worden told news station WQAD that she and her friends decided to try the Kiki Challenge, which involves jumping out of a moving car while dancing to Drake’s “In My Feelings.”

    What is the…

  • [NYDN] Burglar killed in Queens by brothers was wanted for Baltimore shooting
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:35:00 PM)

    A would-be burglar beaten to death by two Queens brothers was wanted for a shooting last week in Baltimore, officials said.

    Shamel Shavuo, 26, was killed about 2:40 a.m. Monday when he tried to break into a home on Williamson Ave. near 197th St. in Jamaica.

    Baltimore police said Shavuo was a suspect…

  • [NYDN] Federal judge orders temporary halt on distributing blueprint plans for making 3D-printed ‘ghost guns’
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:30:00 PM)

    A Seattle federal judge ordered “ghost guns” holstered on Tuesday, granting a temporary restraining order on the distribution of blueprints for 3D-printed weapons.

    The ruling from Judge Robert Lasnick comes less than a day before the Trump administration was to allow Texas nonprofit Defense Distributed…

  • [SNY Knicks] NBA announces MGM Resorts International as first gaming partner
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 2:35:24 PM)

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Monday the league has found an official sports betting partner in MGM Resorts International.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks couldn’t be happier about Fizdale’s visit with Porzingis
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 1:20:04 PM)

    The long-awaited visit between Knicks head coach David Fizdale and star forward Kristaps Porzingis has come to an end. And it was everything the Knicks hoped it would be.

  • [NYPost] Sky’s the limit for the Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson: trainer
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:46:21 PM)

    His trainer Marcell Scott can now laugh at the notion of Knicks 7-foot center Mitchell Robinson getting seasoning in the G-League as a rookie. “I knew once they saw Mitchell on the court and saw all the stuff he brings to the table, the G-League would be eliminated from the conversation,’’ Scott told The Post…

  • [NYPost] Knicks coach shares his ideal Kristaps Porzingis vision
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:02:17 AM)

    Knicks coach David Fizdale, in a new interview from Latvia, said he told Kristaps Porzingis during his visit he wants him to be “the leader” of the Knicks this season despite an uncertain return from ACL surgery. Fizdale and his wife, Natasha, finished up their five-day trip to Liepaja over the weekend to meet Porzingis…

  • [NYTimes] If an N.B.A. Workout Isn’t on Instagram, Does It Even Count?
    (Tuesday, July 31, 2018 3:22:15 PM)

    Led by LeBron James’s example, a generation of young players is getting shredded, and making sure the cameras are always rolling.